Active Equities

Growth Opportunities Fund (Class Y)  (PGOYX)

Seeking to harness the growth potential of large U.S. companies

Growth Opportunities Fund received an  Overall Morningstar Rating  of  

Highlights

Objective

The fund seeks capital appreciation.

Strategy and process

  • Seeks above-average growth: The fund focuses on businesses that exhibit both a high level of growth and an above-average duration of growth.
  • A thematic approach: The portfolio managers combine top-down investment themes with bottom-up research to select securities that can benefit from growth trends.
  • Rigorous analysis: Backed by fundamental research, the managers focus on identifying management teams that act like owners.

Fund price

Yesterday’s close 52-week high 52-week low
Net asset value $39.51
0.71% | $0.28
$40.37
07/26/19
$28.94
12/24/18
Historical fund price

Fund facts as of 08/31/19

Total net assets
$5,807.19M
Turnover (fiscal year end)
73%
Dividend frequency
Annually
Number of holdings
59
Fiscal year-end
July
CUSIP / Fund code
746802586 / 1848
Inception date
07/01/99
Class Y  
Category
Growth
Open to new investors
Ticker
PGOYX

Management team

Portfolio Manager
Portfolio Manager, Analyst


Manager commentary | Q2 2019

Humanization of pets among growth themes

Portfolio Manager Richard Bodzy identifies several investment themes in his research process.



Performance

  • Total return (%) as of 06/30/19

  • Annual performance as of 06/30/19

Annualized Total return (%) as of 06/30/19

Annualized performance 1 yr. 3 yrs. 5 yrs. 10 yrs.
Before sales charge 16.10% 21.73% 13.88% 16.74%
After sales charge N/A N/A N/A N/A
Russell 1000 Growth Index 11.56%18.07%13.39%16.28%

Current performance may be lower or higher than the quoted past performance, which cannot guarantee future results. Share price, principal value, and return will vary, and you may have a gain or loss when you sell your shares. Performance assumes reinvestment of distributions and does not account for taxes. Returns before sales charge do not reflect the current maximum sales charges as indicated below. Had the sales charge been reflected, returns would be lower. Returns at public offering price (after sales charge) for class A and class M shares reflect the current maximum initial sales charges of 5.75% and 3.50% for equity funds and Putnam Multi-Asset Absolute Return Fund, 4.00% and 3.25% for income funds and 2.25% and 0.75% for Putnam Floating Rate Income Fund, Short-Term Municipal Income, Short Duration Bond Fund, and Fixed Income Absolute Return Fund, respectively. Class B share returns reflect the applicable contingent deferred sales charge (CDSC), which is 5% in the first year, declining to 1% in the sixth year, and is eliminated thereafter (except for Putnam Floating Rate Income Fund, which is 3% in the first year, declining to 1% in the fourth year, and is eliminated thereafter). Class C shares reflect a 1% CDSC the first year that is eliminated thereafter. Performance for class B, C, M, N, R, and Y shares prior to their inception is derived from the historical performance of class A shares, adjusted for the applicable sales charge (or CDSC) and, except for class Y shares, the higher operating expenses for such shares (with the exception of Putnam Tax-Free High Yield Fund and Putnam AMT-Free Municipal Fund, which are based on the historical performance of class B shares). Returns at public offering price (after sales charge) for class N shares reflect the current maximum initial sales charge of 1.50%. Class R5/R6 shares, available to qualified employee-benefit plans only, are sold without an initial sales charge and have no CDSC. Class Y shares are generally only available for corporate and institutional clients and have no initial sales charge. Performance for Class R5/R6 shares before their inception are derived from the historical performance of class Y shares, which have not been adjusted for the lower expenses; had they, returns would have been higher. Class A and M shares of Putnam money market funds have no initial sales charge. For a portion of the periods, some funds had expense limitations or had been sold on a limited basis with limited assets and expenses, without which returns would be lower.

Performance snapshot

  Before sales charge After sales charge
1 mt. as of 08/31/19 -0.48% -
YTD as of 09/17/19 26.92% -

Risk-adjusted performance as of 08/31/19

Alpha (3 yrs.) 3.36
Sharpe ratio (3 yrs.) 1.43
Treynor ratio (3 yrs.) 19.08
Information ratio (3 yrs.) 1.16

Volatility as of 08/31/19

Standard deviation (3 yrs.) 12.89%
Beta 0.97
R-squared 0.97

Capture ratio as of 08/31/19

Up-market (3 yrs.) 105.46
Down-market (3 yrs.) 91.77

Lipper rankings as of 08/31/19

Time period Rank/Funds in category Percentile ranking
1 yr. 74/636 12%
3 yrs. 27/576 5%
5 yrs. 77/522 15%
10 yrs. 43/407 11%
Lipper category: Large-Cap Growth Funds

Morningstar Ratings as of 08/31/19

Time period Funds in category Morningstar Rating
Overall 1236
3 yrs. 1236
5 yrs. 1110
10 yrs. 819
Morningstar category: Large Growth

Distributions

Record/Ex dividend date 12/06/18
Payable date 12/10/18
Income $0.09
Extra income --
Short-term cap. gain --
Long-term cap. gain $2.376

Lipper rankings are based on total return without sales charge relative to all share classes of funds with similar objectives as determined by Lipper. Past performance is not indicative of future results.

The Morningstar RatingTM for funds, or "star rating", is calculated for managed products (including mutual funds, variable annuity and variable life subaccounts, exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds, and separate accounts) with at least a three-year history. Exchange-traded funds and open-ended mutual funds are considered a single population for comparative purposes. It is calculated based on a Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a managed product's monthly excess performance, placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The top 10% of products in each product category receive 5 stars, the next 22.5% receive 4 stars, the next 35% receive 3 stars, the next 22.5% receive 2 stars, and the bottom 10% receive 1 star. The Overall Morningstar Rating for a managed product is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its three-, five-, and 10-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics. The weights are: 100% three-year rating for 36-59 months of total returns, 60% five-year rating/40% three-year rating for 60-119 months of total returns, and 50% 10-year rating/30% five-year rating/20% three-year rating for 120 or more months of total returns. While the 10-year overall star rating formula seems to give the most weight to the 10-year period, the most recent three-year period actually has the greatest impact because it is included in all three rating periods.

The up-market capture ratio is used to evaluate how well an investment manager performed relative to an index during periods when that index has risen. The ratio is calculated by dividing the manager’s returns by the returns of the index during the up-market, and multiplying that factor by 100. The down-market capture ratio is used to evaluate how well an investment manager performed relative to an index during periods when that index has dropped. The ratio is calculated by dividing the manager’s returns by the returns of the index during the down-market and multiplying that factor by 100.


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Holdings

Top 10 holdings as of 08/31/19

Microsoft Corp 9.35%
Amazon.Com 6.02%
Alphabet 5.35%
Apple 4.83%
Visa 4.25%
Paypal Holdings 3.28%
Mastercard 2.84%
Salesforce.Com 2.65%
Home Depot 2.54%
American Tower Corp 2.53%
Top 10 holdings, percent of portfolio 43.64%

Full portfolio holdings as of 06/30/19

MICROSOFT CORP 8.85%
AMAZON.COM INC 5.84%
ALPHABET INC-CL C 5.06%
APPLE INC 4.72%
VISA INC-CLASS A SHARES 4.12%
PAYPAL HOLDINGS INC 3.31%
UNITEDHEALTH GROUP INC 3.16%
MASTERCARD INC - A 2.70%
HOME DEPOT INC 2.44%
SALESFORCE.COM INC 2.38%
DANAHER CORP 2.33%
AMERICAN TOWER CORP 2.27%
LINDE PLC 2.23%
INTERCONTINENTAL EXCHANGE IN 1.97%
COSTAR GROUP INC 1.89%
CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS INC-A 1.82%
ADOBE INC 1.81%
NIKE INC -CL B 1.77%
WORLDPAY INC-CLASS A 1.75%
HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC 1.71%
IDEXX LABORATORIES INC 1.70%
BOOKING HOLDINGS INC 1.67%
NETFLIX INC 1.64%
SHERWIN-WILLIAMS CO/THE 1.63%
LIVE NATION ENTERTAINMENT IN 1.61%
TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INC 1.60%
FACEBOOK INC-CLASS A 1.59%
UNION PACIFIC CORP 1.56%
WASTE CONNECTIONS INC 1.51%
SERVICENOW INC 1.50%
BOEING CO/THE 1.44%
MCCORMICK & CO-NON VTG SHRS 1.32%
IQVIA HOLDINGS INC 1.29%
METTLER-TOLEDO INTERNATIONAL 1.28%
TRANSDIGM GROUP INC 1.26%
NORTHROP GRUMMAN CORP 1.18%
LONZA GROUP AG-REG 1.15%
ROPER TECHNOLOGIES INC 1.09%
LULULEMON ATHLETICA INC 1.03%
WALMART INC 0.98%
AIA GROUP LTD 0.96%
DASSAULT SYSTEMES SA 0.95%
INTUITIVE SURGICAL INC 0.85%
VERTEX PHARMACEUTICALS INC 0.84%
REALPAGE INC 0.82%
PLANET FITNESS INC - CL A 0.81%
THERMO FISHER SCIENTIFIC INC 0.76%
DOCUSIGN INC 0.75%
OKTA INC 0.58%
PINTEREST INC- CLASS A 0.53%
ICU MEDICAL INC 0.52%
UBER TECH INC P/P CV PFD 0.39%
OPORTUN FIN CORP P/P 0.19%
GLOBAL FASHION GRP P/P 0.02%
WYNN 20190816 C 160.00CITI 0.02%
TREASURY BILL 00.0000 08/01/2019 0.02%
WYNN 20190809 C 160.00CITI 0.01%
HC BRILLANT SERVICES GMBH P/P 0.00%
NEURALSTEM INC SERIES K COMMON STOCK PURCHASE WARRANT 0.00%
NEW BIGFOOT OTHER ASSETS GMBH P/P 0.00%
NEW MIDDLE EAST OTHER ASSETS GMBH P/P 0.00%
WYNN 20190809 C 165.00CITI -0.01%
WYNN 20190816 C 165.00CITI -0.01%

Prior top 10 holdings

Top 10 holdings as of 08/31/19
Microsoft Corp
Amazon.Com
Alphabet
Apple
Visa
Paypal Holdings
Mastercard
Salesforce.Com
Home Depot
American Tower Corp
Holdings represent 43.64% of portfolio
Top 10 holdings as of 07/31/19
Microsoft Corp
Amazon.Com
Alphabet
Apple
Visa
Paypal Holdings
Mastercard
UnitedHealth Group
Salesforce.Com
Home Depot
Holdings represent 43.44% of portfolio
Top 10 holdings as of 06/30/19
Microsoft Corp
Amazon.Com
Alphabet
Apple
Visa
Paypal Holdings
UnitedHealth Group
Mastercard
Home Depot The
Salesforce.Com
Holdings represent 42.58% of portfolio
Top 10 holdings as of 05/31/19
Microsoft Corp
Alphabet
Amazon.Com
Apple
Visa
Paypal Holdings
UnitedHealth Group
Mastercard
American Tower Corp
Salesforce.Com
Holdings represent 43.15% of portfolio

Portfolio composition as of 08/31/19

Common stock 98.71%
Cash and net other assets 1.02%
Convertible preferred stock 0.27%

Equity statistics as of 08/31/19

Median market cap $62.24B
Weighted average market cap $338.45B
Price to book 7.84
Price to earnings 27.60

Fund characteristics will vary over time.

Due to rounding, percentages may not equal 100%.

Consider these risks before investing: Growth stocks may be more susceptible to earnings disappointments, and the market may not favor growth-style investing. The value of investments in the fund's portfolio may fall or fail to rise over extended periods of time for a variety of reasons, including general economic, political or financial market conditions, investor sentiment and market perceptions, government actions, geopolitical events or changes, and factors related to a specific issuer, geography, industry or sector. These and other factors may lead to increased volatility and reduced liquidity in the fund's portfolio holdings. From time to time, the fund may invest a significant portion of its assets in companies in one or more related industries or sectors, which would make the fund more vulnerable to adverse developments affecting those industries or sectors. You can lose money by investing in the fund.

Top industry sectors as of 08/31/19

Information technology 37.21%
Consumer discretionary 13.84%
Health care 12.47%
Communication services 12.35%
Industrials 12.27%
Consumer staples 2.82%
Materials 2.81%
Financials 2.68%
Real estate 2.53%
 
Other
1.02%
Cash and net other assets 1.02%

The unclassified sector (where applicable) includes exchange traded funds and other securities not able to be classified by sector.

Sectors will vary over time.


Expenses

Expense ratio

Class A Class B Class C Class M Class R Class R5 Class R6 Class Y
Total expense ratio 0.91% 1.66% 1.66% 1.41% 1.16% 0.63% 0.53% 0.66%
What you pay 0.91% 1.66% 1.66% 1.41% 1.16% 0.63% 0.53% 0.66%

Sales charge

 Breakpoint Class A Class B Class C Class M Class R Class R5 Class R6 Class Y
$0-$49,999 5.75% / 5.00% 0.00% / 4.00% 0.00% / 1.00% 3.50% / 3.00% -- -- -- --
$50,000-$99,999 4.50% / 3.75% 0.00% / 4.00% 0.00% / 1.00% 2.50% / 2.00% -- -- -- --
$100,000-$249,999 3.50% / 2.75% -- 0.00% / 1.00% 1.50% / 1.00% -- -- -- --
$250,000-$499,999 2.50% / 2.00% -- 0.00% / 1.00% 1.00% / 1.00% -- -- -- --
$500,000-$999,999 2.00% / 1.75% -- 0.00% / 1.00% 1.00% / 1.00% -- -- -- --
$1M-$4M 0.00% / 1.00% -- -- -- -- -- -- --
$4M-$50M 0.00% / 0.50% -- -- -- -- -- -- --
$50M+ 0.00% / 0.25% -- -- -- -- -- -- --

CDSC

  Class A (sales for $1,000,000+) Class B Class C Class M Class R Class R5 Class R6 Class Y
0 to 9 mts. 1.00% 5.00% 1.00% -- -- -- -- --
9 to 12 mts. 1.00% 5.00% 1.00% -- -- -- -- --
2 yrs. 0.00% 4.00% 0.00% -- -- -- -- --
3 yrs. 0.00% 3.00% 0.00% -- -- -- -- --
4 yrs. 0.00% 3.00% 0.00% -- -- -- -- --
5 yrs. 0.00% 2.00% 0.00% -- -- -- -- --
6 yrs. 0.00% 1.00% 0.00% -- -- -- -- --
7+ yrs. 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% -- -- -- -- --

Trail commissions

  Class A Class B Class C Class M Class R Class R5 Class R6 Class Y
  0.25% 0.20%1 1.00% 0.65% 0.50% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
  NA 0.25%2 NA NA NA NA NA NA
  NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
  1. Through 03/31/90
  2. After 03/31/90

For sales and trail commission information on purchases over $1 million and participant-directed qualified retirement plans, see a Putnam fund prospectus and the statement of additional information.

The Russell 1000 Growth Index is an unmanaged index of those companies in the large-cap Russell 1000 Index chosen for their growth orientation. You cannot invest directly in an index.

Consider these risks before investing: Growth stocks may be more susceptible to earnings disappointments, and the market may not favor growth-style investing. The value of investments in the fund's portfolio may fall or fail to rise over extended periods of time for a variety of reasons, including general economic, political or financial market conditions, investor sentiment and market perceptions, government actions, geopolitical events or changes, and factors related to a specific issuer, geography, industry or sector. These and other factors may lead to increased volatility and reduced liquidity in the fund's portfolio holdings. From time to time, the fund may invest a significant portion of its assets in companies in one or more related industries or sectors, which would make the fund more vulnerable to adverse developments affecting those industries or sectors. You can lose money by investing in the fund.